Sunday 29 November 2015

A Beachside Wedding in Ibiza with Jimmy Choos & Bouganvillia

This amazing Ibiza wedding will have you dreaming of summer! It's a stunning example of a destination big day. Simple, chic, and perfect. The great thing about getting married abroad is that the venue usually speaks for itself - you don't need stacks of extra wedding decorations. Plus all your friends feel like they're on holiday, so they come ready to party! Enjoy Ily Grantham's beautiful pictures - she really did capture every perfect detail, and don't miss Claire and Jonny's answers to the Before the Big Day Questionnaire for all their top suppliers!

We hosted our wedding in Ibiza!! We both went to Ibiza a few years ago for my birthday with a group of friends. Back then, we were just friends but during the week, we started to feel differently about each other – the magic of Ibiza made us fall in love!

I went on a recce with my maid of honour and made appointments with lots of venues on the island over 3 days – and visited lots of beautiful churches! It was a tough job but someone had to do it! ;) Our ceremony took place at San Agustin Church, and we chose the Elixir Shore Club for our reception venue.

We kept it really simple as the venue was so beautiful and had the most beautiful backdrop of Es Vedra – the magical island of love.

My wedding dress was the 'Amelie' by Gemy Maalouf from Secret Dress House. I had tried on lots of the traditional-style gowns in other boutiques and really didn't feel like 'me'. Then, following the recce with my maid of honour, we knew I needed something a bit different – and suitable for the HOT weather!  

A friend had recommended Secret Dress House and as soon as I met Kelly and checked out her beautiful and more 'fashionable' collection, I knew this was the boutique for me! I knew I didn’t want a strapless dress {partly due to it being a church wedding} but other than that, I was open to options – but it had to be cool!

When Kelly picked 'my' dress I wasn't sure at first but as soon as I tried it on, I knew! I finally felt like me – and as it was made of pure silk, it was so breathable and perfect for the Spanish heat! I loved Grecian feel, the detail, the train…and the lace back! I asked for the longest veil they had – I wanted a statement veil for the church!  

Jonny & I love our House Music – so I walked down the aisle to a live piano version of Penguin by Avicii. On our way back up the aisle as man and wife, our church band played an acoustic version of 'We Found Love' by Calvin Harris & Rhianna – another song that means a lot to us. 

My hair and make-up was done by Jaime Bravo. Ok, I’m lucky, Jaime is my sister-in-law {and bridesmaid}, but if she wasn't I would still pay for her to come to Ibiza to beautify the wedding party – she is simply the best! She is so 'on trend' and knows what looks would suit each girl. She is super quick, yet a perfectionist – what a winning combo on your wedding morning! She even converted girls reluctant to have their hair & make-up done into them wanting to use Jaime every day!

Jonny knew he wanted to wear a suit in a blue/grey colour - and something quite relaxed. Burton has a great range and he opted for skinny fit trousers and a waistcoat, with braces for the evening.  

Jonny and his ushers' blush bow ties were custom made from Kraft 2 Kotton 1 Korner on Etsy. He also wore blue shoes from Dune, a white skinny fit shirt and pink socks from Charles Tyrwhitt  

Our wedding flowers were created by Florist Dreams, who came highly recommended to us via a contact we made in Ibiza. 

Gary and Holly were a pleasure to deal with. I knew I wanted a simple blush rose bouquet and gypsophila for the bridesmaids and buttonholes – I love the simplicity and how the colours worked together.

Without a doubt, my shoes had to be Jimmy Choo! They were the first pair I tried on and I fell in love. They were classic white, peep toe with sparkles and a comfortable heel size. For the evening - dancing and shots on the beach – I changed into bespoke Swarovski Crystal Havianas flip flops.

Our wedding photographer was Ily Grantham. We met Ily when she did our engagement shoot in Arizona and we fell in love with her! 

We were quite nervous about doing a photo shoot and felt a bit uncomfortable at first but within minutes, Ily had us relaxed, enjoying it – and the photos were incredible!!! We knew we had to fly Ily out to Ibiza!

My bridesmaids gowns are the convertible 'Annabelle' in blush by Jenny Woo for BHLDN. I came across these first on Pinterest and was obsessed – I then visited the BHLDN boutique in Beverley Hills {love that place} and tried them on with my {bridesmaid} sister-in-law. I loved the fact that they could be styled in so many different ways to best suit the girl. 

For more on this wedding, click for Part 2!

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